What’s Your Favorite Color? by Eric Carle and Friends

What is Your Favorite Color? What is Your Favorite Color? by Eric Carle and Friends; illustrated by Eric Carle and Friends. 2017. Various mediums. Published by Henry Holt and Co.

Brief summary: Fifteen famous children illustrators answer what color they like and why.

Comments: The illustrations are two page layouts in the illustrator’s own unique style. The back pages have a photo of the illustrator as a child and a brief biographical sketch. The name of the artist is in the color he/she likes. We have all been asked this ancient question, but have we explained why?  This book could be shared with young readers before asking them the question. I would  include a “draw your reason” part to this activity as well. Note: Anna Dewdney is in this collection. That tugged at my heart a little when I turned to her layout. She was one of my students’ favorite rhyming author.

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Swatch: the Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos

Swatch: the Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos

Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos; illustrated by Julia Denos. 2016. Watercolors, pen and ink, and pencil with Adobe Photoshop.

Brief summary: Swatch was a free-spirited girl who loved color. She collected colors to tame them except yellow did not want to be tamed. Swatch learns from yellow’s wild and free nature that not all colors should be tamed.

Comment: Children will find the illustrations full of energy. I plan to share this with the art teacher who will appreciate the freedom of color and the positive energy the book conveys to budding artists.